Lightning Detector for Raspberry Pi or Arduino productsDesigned by SwitchDoc Labs in United States of America
The Thunder Board Grove I2C Lightning Detector for the Raspberry Pi and Arduino - is a programmable Lightning Sensor board that detects the presence and approach of potentially hazardous lightning ac…Read More…
The Thunder Board Grove I2C Lightning Detector for the Raspberry Pi and Arduino - is a programmable Lightning Sensor board that detects the presence and approach of potentially hazardous lightning activity in the vicinity and provides an estimation on the distance to the head of the storm. The embedded lightning algorithm checks the incoming signal pattern to reject the potential man-made disturbers and various noise sources.
Check out how to test your setup without having a lightning storm! The Lightning Simulator has been released.
How the heck do we detect lightning? You would think it would be pretty easy, but it turns out it is not. It's not just like a giant spark. Well, it is a giant spark, but there are lots of other things that make electrical noise that can be confused for lightning. Your computer (even your Raspberry PI and Arduino!), your car, the motor in your refrigerator, your cell phone, your computer monitor, your AM/FM radio and even your TV. They all make electrical noise that can be confused with Lightning.
The Thunder Board is an I2C device and detects Lightning and provides a distance estimate to the “leading edge” of an incoming storm.
Note#1: The maximum voltages on SDA/SCL must be less than or equal to VCC. Applying 3.3V to VCC while connecting to the 5V SDA/SCL pins on the Arduino violate this specification and will destroy the buffer chip on the ThunderBoard. Make sure that yourI2C pins (SDA/SCL) match the voltage applied to the VCC pin.
Note#2: The AS3935 Lightning detector chip used on the Thunder Board does not like anything else on the same I2C bus segment on the Raspberry Pi. This is a well known problem with the chip.
If you need to use it with other I2C devices (which is a common problem), then you need to include an I2C Mux in the system (as we do with GroveWeatherPi) and put the Thunder Board on it's own I2C Bus segment.
Below see the new tutorial on using the ThunderBoard Lightning Detector.
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